A GROUP of black teenagers was told to leave an Apple store in Melbourne, Australia because staff were worried they “might steal something”.
A video of the interaction between a Highpoint Apple store staff member and a group of students was uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday night (Nov 11).
The six boys from Maribyrnong College were denied entry to the store by a staff member and two security guards.
“These guys [security guards] are just a bit worried about your presence in our store. They’re just worried you might steal something,” the Apple staff member said in the video.
A member of the group replied: “Why would we steal something?”
Apple has now apologised to the six schoolboys following the discussion, in what the students described as a racist incident.
One of the students evicted from the store, Mabior Ater, told Fairfax Media that he had been going to the Highpoint shopping centre for a long time.
“I never thought something like this would happen ... of course I was offended,” he said.
Ater said the principal of their school accompanied the students back to the store to help them in seeking an apology.
“[The manager] apologised to us and told us that we are welcome here anytime,” he said. “It feels like we have justice now.”
Another of the boys involved, Mohamed Semra, later said on Facebook that they were satisfied with the response from Apple.
"They apologised, so we're chilling, no need to take it further," he wrote.